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Green Beans with Candied Pecans Recipe

The perfect side dish for any special dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Side Dish, green beans, Holiday Side Dish, Thanksgiving Side Dish
Servings: 8
Calories: 181kcal


  • colander
  • Frying pan
  • 9x13" serving dish


  • 2 pounds fresh green beans trimmed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place green beans in a large pan of boiling water.
  • Place a colander in a large bowl of ice water; set aside.
  • Cook beans for 5 minutes and transfer to colander in ice water to stop cooking then drain well.
  • Place pecans and brown sugar in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Stir continually until the sugar is completely melted and pecans are evenly coated in melted sugar.
  • Spread in an even layer on waxed paper until cool. Break apart into smaller pieces if necessary.
  • Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat, add beans and saute until heated through.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place beans in a serving dish and top with candied pecans.
  • Serve immediately.


  • How to trim green beans: Using a chef’s knife, cut off all the tips at once.  If you are nervous about cutting so many beans at once, do it in smaller groups until you are comfortable. Flip the beans around, line up the tips again and trim off the other side.
  • If you don’t want to worry about fussing with a knife, you can always use kitchen shears to trim off the ends of each bean but it is a little more time consuming.
  • If you don't want to make your own candied pecans, you can buy them at the store and just heat them up a little bit.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 878IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg